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The Book Club

Erie County Senior Services' UNIVERSITY EXPRESS presents... "THE BOOK CLUB!"

Book Club

Erie County Senior Services

"A book is a dream you hold in your hands"

Our mission is simple - we want to read books that move us to think, open our minds, and lead us into interesting and important conversations. We also want to read stories so exciting they make us want to talk about them all the time. Unfortunately, most of the time the people around us aren't reading the same book. That's what The Book Club is for!

If you're an avid reader who loves to talk (or just learn) about books, The Book Club is for you. If you're looking for something to do or you've always wanted to read more, The Book Club is for you. In fact, it's for anyone and everyone who wants to join us! You can choose to share your insights with other readers or sit back and listen to gain other perspectives and deeper connections to each book. You can make new friends too! Even better, you can do all this from the comfort of your own home.

The next meeting of The Book Club will take place on Friday, April 26 at 10:30 am. It will be in-person at the Clarence Senior Center (4600 Thompson Road, Clarence, 14031). There is also a virtual option for people who are unable to do in-person.

Our own book-lover-in-chief, Erie County Senior Services Commissioner Angela Marinucci, is a proud mom to three daughters, aged 5, 7 and 8, and is super passionate about public service and making the world an even better place! She enjoys endurance running, traveling, reading, and exploring Erie County with her husband and daughters.

Book Clubs are a fantastic way to discuss your favorite books with other readers, reignite your passion for literature, and make some new friends along the way. We hope you'll join us on our new adventure!



  • Sign up is simple. Log onto UE at Click on The Book Club and fill out a simple form with your email address. Participate as much (or little) as you like.
  • Our group will meet virtually each month, with each book we read discussed for two months. We will meet halfway through each book, and then again at the end of the story.
  • You will receive the name of the book we are reading with a short summary two weeks prior to our meeting.
  • We are committed to bringing new and exciting hosts for each bi-monthly meeting, when possible. Submit your questions to a dedicated email address throughout the month. The most thought-provoking topics will be brought up for discussion at our meetings.
  • On occasion, we may choose to also meet at a local bookstore or library. Classes will still be broadcast virtually during those times.
  • There's not a specific system we use to choose our books. We are always open to suggestions and encourage your input on books you would like to read! We make thoughtful choices that will hopefully deepen your understanding of each book, author, and/or yourself.

Please invite your friends! Share what you're reading - tag us @uethebookclub!

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Current Book

The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post   By Allison Pataki

May Meeting Location:

May 29 at 1 PM

Location: Clarence Public Library, 3 Town Place, Clarence, NY 14031

Mrs. Post, the President and First Lady are here to see you. . . . So begins another average evening for Marjorie Merriweather Post. Presidents have come and gone, but she has hosted them all. Growing up in the modest farmlands of Battle Creek, Michigan, Marjorie was inspired by a few simple rules: always think for yourself, never take success for granted, and work hard—even when deemed American royalty, even while covered in imperial diamonds. Marjorie had an insatiable drive to live and love and to give more than she got. From crawling through Moscow warehouses to rescue the Tsar’s treasures to outrunning the Nazis in London, from serving the homeless of the Great Depression to entertaining Roosevelts, Kennedys, and Hollywood’s biggest stars, Marjorie Merriweather Post lived an epic life few could imagine.
Marjorie’s journey began gluing cereal boxes in her father’s barn as a young girl. No one could have predicted that C. W. Post’s Cereal Company would grow into the General Foods empire and reshape the American way of life, with Marjorie as its heiress and leading lady. Not content to stay in her prescribed roles of high-society wife, mother, and hostess, Marjorie dared to demand more, making history in the process. Before turning thirty she amassed millions, becoming the wealthiest woman in the United States. But it was her life-force, advocacy, passion, and adventurous spirit that led to her stunning legacy.
And yet Marjorie’s story, though full of beauty and grandeur, set in the palatial homes she built such as Mar-a-Lago, was equally marked by challenge and tumult. A wife four times over, Marjorie sought her happily-ever-after with the blue-blooded party boy who could not outrun his demons, the charismatic financier whose charm turned to betrayal, the international diplomat with a dark side, and the bon vivant whose shocking secrets would shake Marjorie and all of society. Marjorie did everything on a grand scale, especially when it came to love.

Bestselling and acclaimed author Allison Pataki has crafted an intimate portrait of a larger-than-life woman, a powerful story of one woman falling in love with her own voice and embracing her own power while shaping history in the process.

Learn more about The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post

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Our April meeting is Friday, April 26 at 10:30 AM at the Clarence Senior Center, 4600 Thompson Road, Clarence, NY 14031. Our book is Lessons in Chemistry By Bonnie Garmus